I've owned this player for a couple of weeks now and for me, it's a workhorse. First of all, it is a DivX-certified player. Plays Divx, xvid, avi, mpeg (1,2,4). There is a firmware upgrade at Philips website. Once installed (a little tricky...the f/u defaults the player to another player, so the picture comes out scolling vertically - although difficult, switch to the correct player version and all will be right). The remote hack to enable region-free playback works and is the following: 1. Turn on the player. 2. Open the tray. 3. Press the following sequence on the remote: 7 8 9 OK 0 4. The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen. 5. Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy! I've tested this player with City of God (R2/PAL - UK) and it plays flawlessly. Also, there was a problem with the Philips 727 (which I also own), where on Disney dvds like the Lion King, the multi-angle icon is displayed at the beginning and ending credits of the film. This could not be removed. This is no longer a problem with the 642. The 642 is sold at Target for $69.99 (90 day return period, no restocking fee, also 10% off coupons floating around Fatwallet). It is aso sold at CompUSA (restock fee) and Bestbuy.com (free shipping) for the same price. This player looks good too. It is about 1/3 smaller than my Philips 727.